Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Lottery Expert Gail Howard was the pioneer of scientific lottery strategy in the USA, internationally recognized as the creator of the most successful lottery systems used in the world: Smart Luck.

SmartLuck, Inc. is excited to bring you our new Lottery Blog. We hope you will find it a fun and easy way to be the first to know about:

  • lotto game changes
  • high jackpots, lottery winner stories, and other lottery news
  • insider tips and free strategies for winning the lottery
  • update notices for our software and books
  • and more!

Kentucky Cashball 225 – Game Change

Kentucky Cash Ball has updated their original game which had been running since 2001. As of January 9th, the game is now called Kentucky Cashball 225, and has a new number format, a higher jackpot, and some other changes including the removal of the Kicker option.

We have started a new game file for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software.

Game Change Stats

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EuroMillions Game Changes

In a rush to produce larger jackpots and more ways to win, EuroMillions is mixing things up. As of the drawing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, EuroMillions now has new, updated rules, including a change to the number format.

An extra Lucky Star number has been added, making the game a 5/50 + 2/12. This worsens the jackpot odds of winning EuroMillions, which is now one in 139,838,160 (the previous odds were one in 116,531,800).

Consumers in the UK now have to pay £2.50 (€2.88/$3.24) for one line, up from the previous cost of £2. Other countries prices may vary, but the majority are the new price.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
  • Name of Game: EuroMillions
  • Game Format: 5/50+2/12
  • Change: Increased Lucky Stars pool from 11 to 12 numbers
  • Date Changed: September 27, 2016
  • Download History: Download Lucky Stars Smart Luck .SLH game file
  • Free Lotto Tips: How to Win EuroMillions

Note about Smart Luck history file

Our software will still work the same for this game, but you will need to download the new history file for the lucky stars. Every time a game changes, we have to rename the history file to match the new number format. If you update with favorites in Lottery Updater, you’ll need to go into change your favorites to select the new file – eur0212.slh. The old file, eur0211.slh will no longer be updated. The new file still includes the old history for you to use until there are enough drawings with 12 numbers to work with. Then, we will lock the range of the game to start by default at the date of the current format beginning. You can change the range at any time yourself to include or exclude the past drawings. The main 5 numbers can still be found in the Euro Millions file, eur0550.slh which remains unchanged.

*NEW* Manual/Tutorial for Advantage Gold!

We are happy to announce that we have released our new PDF instruction manual and tutorial for the Advantage Gold lottery strategy software.

We hope this guide will help you learn more about the software and all it can do. Use the Pennsylvania Dead Lotto 6/40 history file to follow along with the examples in the manual.

Download the new Advantage Gold manual here!

Please let us know if you see any errors in the manual or if you think something should be explained further. We appreciate your feedback!

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TIP: Using Chart O History View Filters in Advantage Gold

Chart O doesn’t pick lotto numbers, so it’s one of the less well known ones in Advantage Gold, but it can offer a lot of flexibility. It’s helpful to be aware of your options, so we thought we would put a spotlight on this chart today.

We recently had a question about how to use Advantage Gold to show charts just for the daytime or nighttime drawings in Ireland Daily Million, which now draws twice daily. after years of holding only one drawing per day. There actually was not a way to do this until recently, because we didn’t have ballset/rotation turned on for this game since it wasn’t needed before the change in draw schedule.  However, we have added Day/Night ballsets to the file properties, so you will now see a D or N next to the morning or evening drawings in this game.

The same notation is used in many other twice daily games. Some games will also use numbers to specify the drawing, especially for games with more than 2 drawings in a day. For example, Texas All or Nothing uses 1-2-3-4 as the ballsets, for the 4 times of day that it draws.

Note about Ballset issues: If you use the old Advantage Plus, having ballsets turned on for a keno game will not display correctly because there will be too many fields. If you see this, turn off ballsets in the file properties (option 1, F3-Modify, key down to Ball Set Usage and press space bar until “Not Used” is showing, then F3 to Save). The only option for ballsets with keno is to upgrade to Advantage Gold.

How to set Advantage Gold to only use morning or night drawings

  • Go to Chart O in Advantage Gold by selecting it from the Pick Chart drop down box or pressing the ‘o‘ key (this is a letter, not the number 0).
  • Click the 8. Ballset/Rotation link.
  • Check the box next to D or N to show only day or night drawings.
  • Click the Apply button.
  • Click Done.
Advantage Gold: Chart O - History View Filters, showing filter #8 to limit to a specific rotation.

Advantage Gold: Chart O – History View Filters, showing filter #8 to limit to a specific rotation.

To remove the filter, go back into Chart O and press the Clear Filters button at the bottom, and then Done.

Other Filter Options

There are other options to filter history besides Ballset/Rotation. The most popular one is Day of the Week. Many people would like to view only Wednesday drawings, for example. It’s easy to do with this filter.

  • Day of the Week
  • Day of the Month
  • Months
  • Astro Periods
  • Specific Sums
  • Sum Range
  • Hits With

The numbers shown under an option are how many drawings would be used with this filter turned on. The total number is shown above the apply button after you select some options in a filter.

Once you have a filter selected, you will see a * next to the number of records at the bottom left of the screen – this means a filter has been applied.

You can try out all kinds of options to see which show the best trends for your game. And don’t forget, you can also change the game range easily.

Mega Millions $540 Million Jackpot Won

Latest News: Mega Millions $540 million jackpot was one on a single ticket in Indiana. The numbers from Friday’s drawing were 8, 19, 20, 55, and 73. The mega ball was 5. The winner will collect the third largest Mega Millions prize and 7th overall largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, with numbers 29-46-53-64-73 and mega ball 10, failed to produce a jackpot winner. After more than 30 drawings without a grand prize won since the last winner in March, Mega Millions has climbed to an estimated $540 million jackpot for Friday July 8th. This is the 7th largest lottery jackpot in US history. It has a cash value of $357 million.

Is $540 Million Worth Playing Mega Millions Lotto Game?

Mega Millions tickets still cost just $1 each, half the price of a Powerball ticket, which definitely makes it affordable. Why not toss in a few bucks with a jackpot this high? Half a billion dollars, anyone? Yes, please! Sure, don’t get your hopes too high, but you have zero chance of winning if you don’t buy a ticket! The Mega Millions jackpot odds are still astronomical at one in 258,890,850, but your chances of winning any prize are just 1 in 14.7. And you can definitely improve those odds if you use Smart Luck strategies to pick your Mega Millions numbers and a wheel to guarantee you win a Mega Millions prize!

How to Win Mega Millions

North Carolina All or Nothing Game Ended

Due to low performance of the game, All or Nothing has been cancelled by the North Carolina lottery officials. The game started in September, 2014, holding 2 drawings daily for a total of 1,318. However, there were only 6 jackpot winners of the All or Nothing game.

Your choices in North Carolina are now limited to the multi-state games Powerball, Mega Millions, and Lucky for Life, in addition to Carolina Cash 5, and the pick-3 and pick-4 games.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery State: North Carolina
  • Name of Game: All or Nothing
  • Game Format: 12/24
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Started: June 30, 2016

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TIP: How to Change Game Range in Advantage Gold

About Game Changes and Advantage Gold

Our Advantage Gold lottery software can use any group of drawings in the .SLH Smart Luck history file that you select. In most cases, our files have drawings from the beginning of the game, but many games have changed number format multiple times. In cases like these, we wait until a game has at least 50-60 drawings (enough to use medium term charts) in the new format, and then we will lock the game range in the file so that the default is to use only drawings with the current number format. This prevents older drawings from skewing the results in the charts that would have occurred because the lower numbers have been drawn many more times than the numbers that were recently added.

Powerball Changes

We recently locked the range in the Powerball file to start at the October 2015 drawing when Powerball first started its current number format, which confused some customers. But, we’d like to assure you that you can still use the older drawings in the Powerball file – just change the Range setting!

Game Range Setting in Advantage Gold

We’d like to call attention to the Range feature of Advantage Gold that you may or may not be familiar with. This option was also available in the old Advantage Plus, but it works a little differently in the new program.

The Game Range setting can be accessed by clicking the blue circle with a white R. This icon:

There are many options for finding and accessing the Range setting, using any of the following:

  • The Range icon located on the top icon bar of the main screen of Advantage Gold
  • The Range icon and Change Active Range link on the right-click menu from the main screen
  • The Range icon and Change Active Range link under the Edit dropdown menu
  • At the bottom of the screen which also shows the current draw number and date range that the program is using.
  • CTRL+R will also access the Range feature

When you click the Range icon, this settings screen will open:


The Set Range window lists a chart for Structure Changes which shows you the drawing range, date range, and numbers used, for each format change the game went through. For Powerball, there were changes 7 different times from its start in 1992. As you can see in the example above, the original 5/45+1/45 game is much different from the current 5/69+1/26 format. We have started at draw 2449

If you want to change the range, you can do any of the following:

  • Click the checkbox to use a fixed range of however many drawings.
  • Change the starting (and/or ending) draw to any starting date.
  • Click a range in the Structure Changes chart to use that draw range.
  • To use the whole range, change starting draw to 1.

You can switch the Range from the bottom of any chart as well, which can be helpful if you want to use fewer drawings for short term charts, or compare past Smart Picks to see how they performed against the past winning numbers. Don’t forget, you can also use the – and + key to move the range back and forward by one drawing at a time!